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  • New Citizen Group Forms from Disney H1-B Scandal

    09/30/2015 10:24:22 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 24 replies
    NumbersUSA ^ | Sep 30th 2015 | Melanie Oubre
    After the New York Times published a story in June covering how Walt Disney World forced American employees to train their foreign-worker replacements, outrage surfaced across the country.  A group of concerned citizens decided to do something about it by forming the organization Boycott Disney Now.Boycott Disney Now was founded by two activists who have been directly harmed by our country’s immigration policies.  When Jack Oliver and Paul Arnold saw the story about Disney’s H1-B abuse, they knew they could not stand by without a fight.The group’s mission is simple, “Protect American Jobs!” They plan to do this by sending...
  • Boys can be princesses too! Disney removes gender-labeling on Halloween costumes ...

    09/19/2015 10:14:34 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 25 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | September 18, 2015 | Erica Tempesta
    Complete Headline: Boys can be princesses too! Disney removes gender-labeling on Halloween costumes to make its trick-or-treating attire for 'all kids' Disney has done away with gender-based labels on its Halloween costumes and is instead marketing its vast selection of looks as 'kids' - encouraging children to choose any trick-or-treating attire that appeals to them. The change comes just a month after Target announced that it would no longer be using gender-specific signs in its children's bedding and toy departments, acknowledging that both boys and girls can be interested in princesses and cars.
  • Disney Is Making a 'Mary Poppins' Sequel, Over 50 Years Later

    09/15/2015 1:09:00 PM PDT · by C19fan · 59 replies
    Yahoo ^ | September 14, 2015 | Justin Kroll
    As Disney continues to reboot old animated favorites into live-action features, the studio is now looking to team with its Into the Woods helmer for a new take on one of its classic musicals. Sources confirm to Variety that Disney is developing a new Mary Poppins musical with Rob Marshall set to direct.
  • Disney World discontinuing Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

    09/15/2015 7:06:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    News 13 ^ | September 11, 2015 | Mike Westfall
    Walt Disney World announced Friday the 2015 holiday season will be the last year for the long-running Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios. In a post on Disney Parks Blog on Friday, Disney cited upcoming construction for the theme park's new lands based on Toy Story and Star Wars.
  • U.S. Olympian's Secret Life As Las Vegas Escort (Possibly NSFW)

    12/20/2012 12:30:43 PM PST · by servo1969 · 61 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 12-20-2012 | TSG
    DECEMBER 20---A three-time U.S. Olympian whose illustrious running career has included a Nike TV commercial, a swimsuit calendar, and ongoing promotional work for Disney has spent the last year doubling as a $600-an-hour call girl, an astounding secret life that she now regretfully calls a “huge mistake.” Beginning last December, Suzy Favor Hamilton, 44, has worked with one of Las Vegas’s premier escort services, booking scores of “dates” in Sin City and other U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston.While Favor Hamilton (seen at right) has used an alias, “Kelly Lundy,” when working as an escort, she inexplicably shared...
  • Displaced Disney Cast Member: How They Replaced Me, Other Americans, With Cheap Foreigners On H1B...

    09/07/2015 11:07:16 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 138 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/07/15
    <p>As a patriotic and proud citizen of the United States, I have a story to share that has not only impacted my family, hundreds of colleagues, but also current and future United States workers.</p> <p>As I watched the grim faced Disney Executive, it was obvious that bad news was going to be delivered. The dead silence was broken when the Disney Executive made a harsh announcement. All of you in this room will be losing your jobs in the next 90 days. Your last day of employment for this company will be January 30, 2015. Your jobs have been given over to a foreign workforce. In the meantime you will be training your replacements until your jobs are 100 percent transferred over to them and if you don’t cooperate you will not receive any severance pay. Also, if we don’t feel confident that we have captured everything that you do we can, at our discretion, keep you longer than the 90 days until we have captured everything that you do with this job. Don’t discuss this meeting with anybody else in the company. Everybody in the room was appalled at the message. I was completely silent thinking how this was going to affect my coworkers and how I was going to break the news to my wife and children back at home as I was the only person in my home with a steady job. How would I pay for all the expenses that go along with a home, a wife, and children?</p>
  • Dean Jones, star of 'Love Bug' and other Disney films, dies at 84

    09/02/2015 5:28:09 PM PDT · by massmike · 28 replies ^ | 09/02/2015 | Todd Leopold
    Dean Jones, the go-to Disney actor whose films included "The Love Bug," "The Million Dollar Duck," "That Darn Cat!" and "The Shaggy D.A.," died Tuesday, according to his publicist. Jones was 84. The cause of death was Parkinson's disease, according to publicist Richard Hoffman. Jones made his film debut in 1956's "Somebody Up There Likes Me," which starred Paul Newman as boxer Rocky Graziano. The next year he appeared in the Elvis Presley movie "Jailhouse Rock." He also starred on Broadway in such works as "There Was a Little Girl," with Jane Fonda, and the hit "Under the Yum-Yum Tree,"...
  • Disney Announces Plans to Build ‘Star Wars’-Themed Lands at Parks in Anaheim, Orlando

    08/15/2015 2:59:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    KTLA ^ | John A. Moreno
    At 14-acres each, the additions to the Disney parks in Anaheim and Orlando, Florida, represent “our largest single-themed land expansion ever,” said Iger, speaking before some 7,500 “Star Wars” fans at the biennial convention. He added that the new environments “will transport guests to a whole new ‘Star Wars’ planet, including an (attraction) that puts you in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.” ... The company released artist’s renderings of the fictional planet, described as a remote trading port.
  • Two Nine-Year-Olds’ Magnificent Open Letter to Disney About Racial and Gender Stereotypes

    08/09/2015 10:15:31 AM PDT · by Defiant · 34 replies
    Brain Pickings ^ | August 9, 2015 | Maria Popova
    In the spring of 2015, a nine-year-old boy named Dexter went to Disneyland with his family and found himself deeply unsettled — not by a scary ride or the unpleasantness of waiting in line, but by some of the most unsettling cultural issues of our time: racial and gender stereotypes. Disney, the world’s most prolific purveyor of pink plastic, has a long history of perpetuating gender stereotypes and feeding our unconscious biases, but what Dexter so astutely observed seemed like a particularly acute symptom of a larger cultural malady. .......... Dexter and Sybilla go to The Cathedral School of St....
  • A 'media meltdown'? Disney remark on TV viewing sends industry into tailspin

    08/07/2015 1:06:59 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 42 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8/7/15 | Meg James
    It's been two days of harsh reckoning for the entertainment industry as long simmering concerns about declining pay-tv subscriptions boiled up in quarterly earnings reports, leading investors to dump shares of media stocks amid worries that a key Hollywood money pot is threatened. The massive sell-off — one analyst called it "the media meltdown" — came after Walt Disney Co. warned investors late Tuesday that profit from ESPN and other cable channels would not be as robust as initially thought because fewer consumers are subscribing to full pay-TV packages. The sell-off continued Thursday as Viacom disappointed Wall Street with weak...
  • Walt Disney's stock set to suffer biggest-ever price drop

    08/05/2015 11:17:21 AM PDT · by 867V309 · 61 replies ^ | Aug 5, 2015 | tomy kilgore
    Walt Disney Co.'s stock DIS, -8.73% is on track to suffer the biggest one-day price drop in its history,
  • Disney's Bambi was a U.S. Marine!

    08/03/2015 6:56:36 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 10 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 8/3/2015 | Danielle Breteau
    Donnie Dunagan became the youngest-ever US Marine Corps drill instructor in 1952 and consequently completed three tours in the Vietnam where he received, in his words, “holes that god did not give me.” What most people do not know is, among his three purple hearts and Bronze Star history, Dunagan is the famous voice of Bambi; the nasally little fawn on shaky legs that we all know, hold dear and often make reference to when referring to innocence on a grand scale. Dunagan held this secret closely during his tenure as a tough and seasoned drill sergeant, but has always...
  • Cecil the lion and some inconvenient truths for North Americans raised on a Disney diet 1

    08/02/2015 12:29:43 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 123 replies
    Calgary Sun ^ | 08/02/2015 | Ian Robinson
    Walt Disney’s got a lot to answer for.I blame Bambi and all the anthropomorphic drivel that followed, like the Lion King.That unfortunate part of the culture, more than anything else, seems to “inform” the view of nature held by effete urbanites who rarely venture out of doors.So, let me weigh in on the Cecil the Lion controversy.It was just another animal — and the outrage generated by its death is unreasoned, sentimental nonsense.People who claim to “love” animals more than people are emotionally damaged individuals incapable of weathering the difficulty required in a real relationship with something that can talk...
  • VIDEO: Disneyland's first kids: These two were the first boy, girl in the gate in 1955

    07/16/2015 4:50:28 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 52 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | July 16, 2015 | Joseph Pimentel
    They were supposed to be in Mexico that day, not at the opening of some amusement park. But 7-year-old Michael Schwartner persuaded his parents to take a detour. And then his cousin Christine Vess tripped and skinned her knee. And that’s how Michael and Christine became the very first official guests in Disneyland 60 years ago this week and unexpectedly received a lifetime of privileges. That’s how they were escorted past 15,000 people, how they met Walt Disney, and how they posed with Disney for a photograph beamed around the world.
  • ABC Spends Nearly 30 Delusional Minutes on ‘Caitlyn’s’ Courage

    07/16/2015 1:44:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 92 replies ^ | July 16, 2015 | Dylan Quinn
    Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner has spoken, and I’m more confused now than ever before. And that’s saying something. During ESPN’s 2015 ESPY Awards, Bruce Jenner received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. In an introductory speech, video tribute, and acceptance speech that spanned nearly 30 minutes of air-time, the story of “Caitlyn’s” transformation was told. But it was told in an entirely different way than what I expected. It was depressing. Take Abby Wambach’s opening monologue. She began by sounding the call to rally around an issue “not enough of us stand up for.” Okay, here’s the part where she’s going to...
  • Disney is making ESPN do some serious cost-cutting

    07/11/2015 6:54:59 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/10/15 | Matt Bonesteel
    Despite holding the television rights to nearly every sport that anyone wants to watch, ESPN apparently is not the cash cow that it once was for parent company Disney, which reportedly is demanding that the all-sports network slash its budget over the next two years. In Wednesday’s story about Keith Olbermann’s impending departure from the network, the Hollywood Reporter says Disney is forcing ESPN to cut $100 million from its budget next year and a staggering $250 million from its budget in 2017. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that ESPN has lost 3.2 million subscribers in more than a...
  • After 7 yrs Disney grants Sikh religious accommodation at work

    07/09/2015 4:16:11 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 20 replies
    Niti Central, ^ | July 10, 2015 | Yoshita Singh, Press Trust of India
    New York: A Sikh-American employee at the Walt Disney World in Florida, who was barred from working in view of the guests due his religious appearance, for seven years, has achieved a significant victory, with the company agreeing to end the segregation and accommodate his religious beliefs. Gurdit Singh had been employed as a mail carrier at the popular amusement park in 2008 but was told by his Disney bosses that he would not be permitted to run mail routes visible to park guests because his religious appearance "violated" the company's 'Look Policy,' according to the rights group Sikh Coalition. In a letter...
  • Disney removes Confederate flag from Epcot's American theater

    07/09/2015 3:41:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    WFTV-TV ^ | July 9, 2015 | Staff, Robert Niles and Joe Kelley, WDBO-TV
    ORLANDO, Fla. — A day after Disney's Hollywood Studios removed a Bill Cosby statue, Disney's Epcot has removed a Confederate flag that was hanging at the theme park's American Adventure theater. Robert Niles from Theme Park Insider writes: The flag removed from Epcot is not the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia most commonly associated with the Confederacy, thanks to its adoption in early 20th century by the Ku Klux Klan and later revival in the 1950s and 60s by southerners in opposition to the civil rights movement. The flag that had hung in the American Adventure was...
  • We Need to Plan Boycott of ESPY Award Advertisers

    07/09/2015 8:23:19 AM PDT · by kathsua · 5 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | July 9th, 2015 | reasonmclucus
    I don’t know anything about how to go about getting people to participate in a boycott of advertisers. However, I think it would be a great idea to boycott ESPY advertisers considering the extreme disrespect Disney / ESPN has shown to real heroes by using the Arthur Ashe courage award for a publicity stunt.
  • Keith Olbermann, ESPN to Part Ways Once Again

    07/08/2015 6:54:23 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 7/8/2015 | Marisa Guthrie
    Keith Olbermann is exiting ESPN once again. The television personality, who rejoined the sports network in August 2013, won't be renewing his deal to anchor his ESPN2 program. The news follows a THR report on July 1, noting that ESPN management floated an ultimately unworkable caveat: that Olbermann cease engaging in commentary. "Keith is a tremendous talent who has consistently done timely, entertaining and thought-provoking work since returning to ESPN," the network said in a statement. "While the show’s content was distinctive and extremely high quality, we ultimately made a business decision to move in another direction. We wish Keith...
  • Outrage as Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner says Funny Women usually aren't Beautiful

    07/05/2015 6:15:04 AM PDT · by Cecily · 83 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | July 4, 2015 | Mia de Graaf
    Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner believes women are rarely both funny and beautiful. Speaking with Goldie Hawn at the Aspen Ideas Festival, he said: 'The hardest artist to find is a beautiful, funny woman.' He prophetically added: 'Boy I'm going to get in trouble, I know this goes online. But usually, unbelievably beautiful women - you being an exception - are not funny.' Accordingly, his words have have prompted outrage on Twitter, with thousands of people name-checking comedians such as Tina Fey, Mindy Kalig and Kristen Wiig as examples of the supposedly unattainable formula.
  • ‘The View’ May Cut Rosie Perez, Nicolle Wallace in Latest Revamp (Palin Karma)

    07/02/2015 6:28:51 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 34 replies ^ | 7/2/2015 | Ramin Setoodeh
    ABC executives are finalizing a plan to reboot “The View” next fall, for the second consecutive year, with a flurry of changes that could include the departure of at least one of its regular hosts, Variety has learned. While moderator Whoopi Goldberg will remain as the face of the struggling daytime talker, the future of two of her co-hosts, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez, is in doubt. One or both women could be dropped because network execs are underwhelmed with their contributions to the show’s signature Hot Topics segment, which is expected to shift focus permanently toward more lighthearted celebrity...
  • Disney World bans selfie stick

    06/26/2015 12:02:38 PM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    AP ^ | June 26, 2015 | Staff
    Don't bring your selfie stick to Disney World. Officials announced Friday that a ban takes effect Tuesday at all four Disney theme parks in Orlando as well as at Disney's water parks and Disney Quest, a gaming attraction at Downtown Disney.
  • Disney Apparently Ordered Award for Jenner

    06/23/2015 1:46:51 PM PDT · by kathsua · 15 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | June 23rd, 2015 | reasonmclucus
    In my previous post I discussed the possibility of bribery being involved in the selection of the so called courage award for the actor formerly known as Bruce Jenner. I had planned to ask in this post if Disney might have ordered ESPN to give the award to Jenner because it was thinking about a movie deal with him to take advantage of his previous association with the popular Kardashians. Then I discovered that Disney had premiered its own reality show about a man becoming a woman called “Becoming Us” at the same time as the Vanity Fair article and...
  • In Turnabout, Disney Cancels Tech Worker Layoffs

    06/18/2015 4:20:45 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | JUNE 16, 2015 | JULIA PRESTON
    In late May, about 35 technology employees at Disney/ABC Television in New York and Burbank, Calif., received jarring news. Managers told them that they would all be laid off, and that during their final weeks they would have to train immigrants brought in by an outsourcing company to do their jobs.The training began, but after a few days it was suspended with no explanation. In New York, the immigrants suddenly stopped coming to the offices. Then on June 11, managers summoned the Disney employees with different news: Their layoffs had been canceled.“We were read a precisely worded statement,” said one...
  • Walt Disney’s Little Known Obsession With Salvador Dali Comes To SF, Reveals Mysterious Side...

    06/17/2015 7:41:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | June 16, 2015
    Walt Disney’s Little Known Obsession With Salvador Dali Comes To SF, Reveals Mysterious Side Of Disneyland’s CreatorIt turns out the man behind Mickey Mouse liked quirky cats. Besides his love of wholesome entertainment, Walt Disney also had an appreciation for the eccentric that led to a short-lived partnership and decades-long friendship with surrealistic artist Salvador Dali. Although their styles and personalities were dramatically different, Disney and Dali shared a fascination with the fantastic. They brought their vivid imaginations together shortly after World War II to work on an animated feature called “Destino,” which wasn’t completed until long after their deaths.
  • How theme parks like Disney World left the middle class behind

    06/14/2015 10:32:02 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 75 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 12, 2015 | Drew Harwell
    When Walt Disney World opened in an Orlando swamp in 1971, with its penny arcade and marching-band parade down Main Street U.S.A., admission for an adult cost $3.50, about as much then as three gallons of milk. Disney has raised the gate price for the Magic Kingdom 41 times since, nearly doubling it over the past decade. This year, a ticket inside the “most magical place on Earth” rocketed past $100 for the first time in history. Ballooning costs have not slowed the mouse-eared masses flooding into the world’s busiest theme park. Disney’s main attraction hosted a record 19 million...
  • Disney ABC Cancels Plans To Layoff Dozens Of Tech Workers

    06/12/2015 9:09:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 61 replies
    The DC - The Daily Caller ^ | June 12, 2015 | Photo of Rachel Stoltzfoos Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Disney ABC Television Group reversed a decision to lay off about 35 tech workers this week, following recent reports that Disney laid off hundreds of tech workers in January after forcing them to train their replacements. Two weeks ago, Disney ABC told a team of between 30 and 35 application developers they were being laid off, some at the end of July, and that their jobs were going to an IT contractor with large offshore operations, reported Computer World. But on Thursday, Disney ABC told the workers plans had changed and they would not be laid off. Some of the...
  • Fiorina Slams Disney, Then Admits She Used H-1B Program At HP

    06/11/2015 6:38:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 10, 2015 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina admitted Wednesday she used the H-1b visa program to hire foreign workers while CEO at Hewlett-Packard, but rejected any comparison to Disney’s recently reported use of the program to displace American tech workers. “Did we ask American workers to train foreign workers with H-1b visas so that we can pay them less and lay them off?” she said on the Howie Carr radio show Wednesday. “The answer is most definitely no.” “I can’t remember exactly — it was a long time ago — how many [were brought in],” she added. “But there were some particular...
  • ‘You’re Fired – Now Train Your Much Cheaper Foreign Replacement’

    06/11/2015 6:13:24 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 86 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 06/10/15 | Michael Snyder
    f you were laid off from your job, would you be willing to train your replacement if your company threatened to take away your severance pay if you didn’t do it? And how would you feel if your replacement came from India, and the only reason your company was replacing you was because the foreign worker was a lot less expensive? Sadly, this is happening all over America – especially in the information technology field. Huge corporations such as Disney and Southern California Edison are coldly firing existing tech workers and filling those jobs with much cheaper foreign replacements. They...
  • Pink Slips at Disney. But First, Training Foreign Replacements.

    06/04/2015 5:39:40 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 105 replies
    NY Times ^ | JUNE 3, 2015 | JULIA PRESTON
    ORLANDO, Fla. — The employees who kept the data systems humming in the vast Walt Disney fantasy fief did not suspect trouble when they were suddenly summoned to meetings with their boss. While families rode the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and searched for Nemo on clamobiles in the theme parks, these workers monitored computers in industrial buildings nearby, making sure millions of Walt Disney World ticket sales, store purchases and hotel reservations went through without a hitch. Some were performing so well that they thought they had been called in for bonuses. Instead, about 250 Disney employees were told in...
  • Immigrants do jobs Americans won't do. Except at Disney. Laid off workers to train foreigners

    06/04/2015 6:38:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/03/2015 | NewsMachete
    Disney is firing tech employees and replacing them with (legal) foreigners. [A]bout 250 Disney employees were told in late October that they would be laid off. Many of their jobs were transferred to immigrants on temporary visas for highly skilled technical workers, who were brought in by an outsourcing firm based in India. Over the next three months, some Disney employees were required to train their replacements to do the jobs they had lost. But the layoffs at Disney and at other companies, including the Southern California Edison power utility, are raising new questions about how businesses and outsourcing companies are using the...
  • 101 arrested in child sex, prostitution sting in Lake, Polk counties (CAIR official among them)

    06/03/2015 8:56:32 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 45 replies ^ | June 02, 2015 | Dave D'Marko
    TAVARES -- More than 100 people have been arrested in a large-scale, two-county operation that targeted cyber crimes and prostitution, authorities said Tuesday. (snip) Saleem is also the founder of the Saleem Academy, an organization empowering Muslim youth globally and also served as the Orlando coordinator for CAIR, the Counsel On Islamic American Relations.
  • Last Task After Layoff at Disney: Train Foreign Replacements

    06/03/2015 8:32:49 AM PDT · by Theoria · 61 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 03 June 2015 | Julia Preston
    The employees who kept the data systems humming in the vast Walt Disney fantasy fief did not suspect trouble when they were suddenly summoned to meetings with their boss. While families rode the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and searched for Nemo on clamobiles in the theme parks, these workers monitored computers in industrial buildings nearby, making sure millions of Walt Disney World ticket sales, store purchases and hotel reservations went through without a hitch. Some were performing so well that they thought they had been called in for bonuses. Instead, about 250 Disney employees were told in late October that...
  • ‘Tomorrowland’ tops box office with $32.2 million during slow Memorial Day Weekend (Clooney/Disney)

    05/24/2015 12:20:15 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 70 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 5/24/15 | Reuters
    There weren't as many fireworks at the Memorial Day weekend box office this year as newcomer "Tomorrowland" disappointed with a $32.2 million debut. The science-fiction adventure stars George Clooney and was directed by Brad Bird of "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" renown. The Disney release is expected to pull in a lackluster $40.7 million for the four-day period. -snip- "Tomorrowland" had been expected to generate $40 million over the three-day period and $50 million over the four-day stretch. With a $180 million price tag, Disney faces an uphill climb to profitability. Not helping matters, overseas figures were an underwhelming $26.7...
  • Is the H1B visa a modern form of indentured servitude?

    05/21/2015 9:25:39 AM PDT · by cradle of freedom · 45 replies
    On the Jeff Kuhner show today, he discussed Disney's use of the H1B visa to remove long time IT workers from its staff. IT workers who have been working at Disney for as long as twenty years have been fired but not before they are made to train the foreign H1B workers who will replace them. They are given a choice of having some sort of severance package and they cannot complain about the conditions if they want that severance package. Marco Rubio is supporting the H1B program, he is a big disappointment to me. This H1B visa program seems...
  • How Futurist Bob Gurr Shaped Disneyland’s Past

    05/20/2015 1:23:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Magazine ^ | May 18, 2015 | Chris Nichols
    Gurr test-driving an early prototype of his Autopia vehicle in 1955.George Clooney may get top billing in his new film, Tomorrowland, but design visionary Gurr is the real star.In his 27 years as a Disney Imagineer, Bob Gurr was known for doing the impossible: He designed a submarine fleet, the cars of Autopia, and the Monorail that soars above the park on a single beam. With the opening of Tomorrowland in 1955, Gurr shaped a vision of the future (1986 to be exact) that still feels out of reach. Six decades after Gurr began creating ride vehicles for the theme...
  • GLAAD Gives Failing Grades to Sony and Disney for (not having enough) Gays in Film

    04/15/2015 8:53:53 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 71 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | April 15, 2015 | Gregg Kilday
    Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters may be showing up on television with increasing regularity, but they are still a relative rarity in mainstream movies released by the major Hollywood studios. In its third annual report about LGBT representation on film, GLAAD, the gay advocacy group, found that of the 114 releases from the major studios in 2014, only 20 of them, or 17.5 percent, included characters identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual. [Snip] Among the inclusive films, the report found, 65 percent of them featured gay male characters, less than a third featured bisexuals and about one tenth included...
  • Glenn Beck Goes Off: ‘I Was Diane Sawyer’s Little Bitch,’ ‘She Became A Bigot’

    08/01/2013 9:30:56 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 62 replies
    Mediaite ^ | , July 31st, 2013 | Andrew Kirell
    On his radio show this morning, Glenn Beck not-so-fondly recalls the time he was employed by ABC News and became Diane Sawyer‘s “little bitch” before their working relationship soured and “she became the biggest bigot I’ve ever seen.” According to Beck, during his brief stint as an ABC contributor, Sawyer was fond of him and would call him up frequently to discuss what sorts of ideas she had for improving television. “I was Diane Sawyer’s little bitch,” he told his co-hosts today, recalling how she’d call and e-mail him so frequently his wife became concerned. However, he alleged, Sawyer stopped...
  • Hillary's Path to 9/11

    04/10/2015 7:14:37 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 4-10-15 | Howard Hyde
    We will probably never know specifically what was on Hillary's email server (unless, as suggested by the Wall Street Journal, we subpoena China's military intelligence). But if the spell is finally and definitively broken, as the willingness of less-than-right-wing pundits at the New York Times, Time magazine and others to criticize Hillary without restraint suggests it might be, then we may yet learn many things about the world in which we live that we had no idea were being suppressed out of rapturous worship, or mortal terror, of the Clintons. We may emerge into a world of freedom and democracy...
  • Disney ABC embraces X-rated anti-Christian bigot Dan Savage in new prime time show

    03/31/2015 6:19:52 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 31 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/30/15 | Newsbusters
    March 30, 2015 ( -- Media Research Center (MRC) and Family Research Council (FRC) are launching a joint national campaign to educate the public about a Disney ABC sitcom pilot based on the life of bigoted activist Dan Savage. MRC and FRC contacted Ben Sherwood, president of Disney/ABC Television Group, more than two weeks ago urging him to put a stop to this atrocity but received no response. [Read the full letter]A perusal of Dan Savage’s work reveals a career built on advocating violence — even murder — and spewing hatred against people of faith. Savage has spared no one with whom he disagrees from his vitriolic...
  • Walt Disney World Monorail car for sale on eBay

    03/21/2015 11:52:10 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 20 replies
    Orlando Weekly ^ | 03/20/2015 | Erin Sullivan
    click to enlarge Ever wanted to own your own monorail car from Walt Disney World? Now's you chance. There's one on eBay that's parked in somewhere in Watsonville, Calif. The seller says of the item that it's an original front car and that it's completely intact. And no worries if you can't figure out how to get it home – if you buy this thing (starting bid is $169,000; asking price is $260,000), it comes with free shipping, right to your door: Here you have it folks, this is the ultimate Disney collectable item. I'm sure many of you...
  • Tim Burton to direct Disney's new Dumbo movie starring a mix of computer generated and live [tr]

    03/10/2015 1:46:42 PM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 10, 2015 | Staff
    Tim Burton is to direct Disney's live action remake of the 1941 classic Dumbo. The iconic cartoon will be remade as a live-action movie with computer generated characters playing the big-eared elephant and his family. To bring the movie into the 21st century, a family story will be added to reflect dumbo's journey.
  • Harlan City Police Department Issues A.P.B. For Queen Elsa

    02/20/2015 10:25:20 AM PST · by Bratch · 6 replies
    LEX ^ | February 18, 2015 | LEX 18 staff
     HARLAN, Ky. - The Harlan City Police Department has issued an all points bulletin for Queen Elsa. Elsa, a character from Disney's Frozen, is an ice queen who can control the weather with her magical powers. Needless to say, many people are blaming her for the recent cold snap to hit the Bluegrass State and officers decided to have a little fun on her behalf. The A.P.B issued on the Harlan County Police Department's Facebook page reads, "All points bulletin!!! HPD has issued an arrest warrant for Queen Elsa of Arendelle. Suspect is a blonde female last seen wearing a...
  • It's an EXPENSIVE world, after all: Disney Magic Kingdom prices set to top $100

    02/20/2015 9:04:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 20. 2015 | Evan Bleiber
    Fans of Mickey Mouse, Frozen and It's a Small World are going to have to pay more than $100 if they want to see all three in one place. Tickets prices at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, are going up, possibly as soon as this weekend. Single-day ticket prices are expected rise to $105 for the Magic Kingdom and $99 for the three other resort parks - Hollywood Studios, EPCOT and the Animal Kingdom Park.
  • Disney Measles Outbreak Came From Overseas, CDC Says

    01/29/2015 4:28:58 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    "We don't know exactly how this outbreak started but we do think it was likely a person infected with measles overseas," Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told reporters. "We assume that someone got infected with measles overseas, visited Disneyland park, and spread the disease to others."
  • Measles outbreak with Disney park origins grows to 95 cases ( Criminal invaders & Amnesty )

    01/29/2015 8:27:37 AM PST · by george76 · 37 replies
    kcrs tv ^ | Jan 29, 2015
    U.S. experienced record number of cases last year. A measles outbreak whose spread originated at Disneyland has grown to 95 cases. ... 79 of those in infections are in California and 52 of them can be linked directly to Disney Parks. The rest are in Michigan, Arizona, Utah, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Nebraska and Mexico. ... The U.S. experienced a record number of measles cases last year, with 644 infections from 27 states despite being largely eliminated in 2000.
  • Why Is Disney Trying So Hard to Dilute Its Brand?

    01/27/2015 6:55:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 26, 2015 | David Sims
    On Monday, actress and feminist icon du jour Emma Watson announced via her Facebook page that she's committed to starring as Belle in the upcoming live-action Disney adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Yes, that Belle, in that Beauty and the Beast, the film Disney made in 1991. The news comes just before the March release of Disney's live-action Cinderella (directed by Kenneth Branagh) and The Jungle Book (directed by Jon Favreau, due in 2016). All are timeless tales based on stories much older than the Disney canon, but these films are also explicitly remakes, using the same character names...
  • State Dept. to Disney: Use “Frozen” to teach kids about climate change

    01/23/2015 3:04:00 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 23, 2015 | By Marcus Gilmer
    2014 was, according to NOAA and NASA, the warmest year on record for the entire world. Locally, it was also the hottest year in California’s history. The world’s climate is changing, at least according to science and data. 2014 was also the year of Frozen, Disney’s animated musical blockbuster about two sisters and a snowman (more or less), amassing over $1.2 billion in worldwide box office receipts and billions more from countless sing-a-long showings, DVD sales, and merchandise since its November 2013 release. And now, in 2015, we’re learning where these two seemingly disparate facts intersect: the State Department’s Admiral...
  • 5 New Cases Of Disneyland-Linked Measles Reported

    01/09/2015 2:05:40 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    CBS/AP) ^ | Mike Landa
    Five more people who visited Disney theme parks in California last month have fallen ill with measles, bringing the number of cases in the state to a dozen, local health officials said Friday. Six patients in Orange County have been diagnosed with the illness who visited the local theme parks last month, and only one was fully vaccinated against the disease, said Nicole Stanfield, a spokeswoman for the county’s health care agency